Sen. Frist also wants to "provide tax credits to help the uninsured buy coverage (an idea Bush has played down to focus on the health savings accounts). And to make insurance more affordable, Frist wants Washington, through a government-backed corporation, to assume most of the cost for the most expensive patients" -- an idea Bush "denounced" when Sen. Kerry "offered a variation on it in his 2004 presidential campaign."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is set to discuss health-care contracts and health-insurance reform in the Florida House Chamber tomorrow, reports Jim Ash of the Tallahassee Democrat. LINK
Gov. Romney vowed to file a bill that would exempt religious groups from allowing gay couples to adopt, wrote Boston Herald's Kimberly Atkins over the weekend. LINK
While appearing together on "Meet the Press," Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) consoled Sen. George Allen (R-VA) when Tim Russert pressed Sen. Allen, a southerner, to explain why he finished behind Gov. Romney, a northeasterner, in a straw poll conducted in Sen. Allen's native South.
"It doesn't matter," Sen. Biden told his fellow '08 hopeful. "Don't worry about that number."
The New York Times' Cooper writes up three $25,000 donations to Pataki's PAC from groups with interests before the New York State government. A Pataki spokesperson reminds Cooper that all of the governor's decisions are based on the merits. LINK
In a must-read, Time Magazine's Michael Duffy calls Sen. Clinton the Democratic Party's "best and worst prospect for '08" in a piece that has anonymous Clinton allies sounding "fatalistic" about 2008. LINK
Duffy reports that "some of the moneymen who attended the" Clinton's recent "D.C. sessions" remain loyal to "other probable '08 contenders."
"Several who spoke to Time said that while they are happy to help Clinton in 2006, they are leery of a presidential bid. A few cited the Senator's high unfavorable ratings in national polls, ratings that have held for some time now above 40%. One fund raiser who asked not to be identified put it this way: 'The concern in the community is how do you put together a national campaign with numbers like that?' Clinton's ratings are especially daunting given that the front runner among Republican '08 contenders seems to be Arizona Senator John McCain, who enjoys considerable popularity with the public. It is clear that Clinton's people are thinking about him a lot."
In his Sunday column, David Brooks slammed Sen. Hillary Clinton for her position on the Dubai ports controversy and writes that it exacerbated the perception that she "just coldly calculates political advantage."
Brooks added: "Clinton is the only presidential candidate who does not offer a break from the current polarization and bitter partisanship."
The AP's Beth Fouhy sums up Sen. Clinton's Wal-Mart dilemma: "As Mrs. Clinton sheds her Arkansas past and considers a 2008 presidential run, the Wal-Mart issue presents a dilemma: how to reconcile the political demands she faces today with her history at a company on which many American consumers depend but many Democratic activists revile." LINK
The New York Post's Bishop writes that less than 20 percent of President Clinton's overnight guests at the White House have donated to Sen. Clinton's reelection campaign. LINK